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Walmart to Shed Solvents Linked to Deaths, Birth Defects

From Bloomberg News, August 20, 2018. Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will stop selling paint strippers containing a solvent linked to more than a dozen deaths and a second solvent that could harm the development of babies in the womb. The phase out applies to paint strippers with either methylene chloride or n-methylpyrroilidone (NMP). […]

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No, the United States isn’t the cleanest country

From Politifact, August 23, 2018. “I want clean air. I want crystal clean water. And we’ve got it. We’ve got the cleanest country in the planet right now,” Trump said in an Aug. 21 rally in Charleston, W.Va. “There’s nobody cleaner than us, and it’s getting better and better.” Does the United States dominate when […]

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It’s easier to breathe in Beijing these days

From MNN News, August 20, 2018. As China continues to crack down on pollution, Beijing’s residents are breathing easier and seeing bluer skies. As reported by Bloomberg, of the seven months with the lowest monthly pollution readings since 2008, five of them have happened since the summer of 2017, with back-to-back low-pollution months this summer […]

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Federal judges finally just order the EPA to ban a dangerous pesticide

From Popular Science, August 13, 2013. After 11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural pesticide derived from a class of chemicals first used to develop World War II nerve agents. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial

From the New York Times, August 10, 2018. A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a school groundskeeper who said the company’s weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. The company was ordered pay $289 million in damages. The case of the groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, 46, was the first lawsuit […]

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Environmental toxins are seen as posing risks during pregnancy

From the Washington Post, August 4, 2018. Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that […]

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Trump Administration Unveils Its Plan to Relax Car Pollution Rules

From the New York Times, August 2, 2018. The Trump administration on Thursday put forth its long-awaited proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars, significantly weakening one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming. The proposed new rules would also challenge the right of states, California in particular, to set […]

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Common food additives and chemicals harmful to children

From Harvard Health Publishing, July 26, 2018. What do a can of corn, a take-out pizza, a reusable water bottle, a bright green yogurt, and an inflatable pool toy have in common? They all contain food additives or chemicals that can be dangerous for children. Read the article.

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